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Fingerprints Don't Lie (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 23 February 1951 (USA)
The killing of Mayor Palmer is being placed on Paul Moody by fingerprint expert Jim Stover as Moody's prints were found on the murder weapon. When reporter Brad Evans places doubt in ... See full summary »

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James Stover
Sheila Ryan ...
Carolyn Palmer
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Hypo Dorton
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Prosecuting Attorney
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Nadine Connell
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Police Lt. Grayson
Michael Whalen ...
Police Commissioner Frank Kelso
Richard Emory ...
Paul Moody
Dee Tatum ...
Connie Duval
George Eldredge ...
King Sullivan
Rory Mallinson ...
Brad Evans
Karl 'Killer' Davis ...
Rod Barenger (as Karl Davis)
Zon Murray ...
Defense Attorney
Syra Marty ...
Syra - the Blonde Model (as Syra)
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The killing of Mayor Palmer is being placed on Paul Moody by fingerprint expert Jim Stover as Moody's prints were found on the murder weapon. When reporter Brad Evans places doubt in Stover's mind that the fingerprints were Moodys, he decides to investigate further with the help of the mayor's daughter Carolyn. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Re-titled and edited down to less than 30 minutes, it was sold to television in the early 1950s as part of a syndicated half-hour mystery show. See more »

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18 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film, Fingerprints Don't Lie, ran a little over an hour. Yet somehow I felt as if it was longer than Gone with the Wind.

What a horror. A man sits in prison, convicted of murder, insisting he didn't do it. Yet his fingerprints are on the murder weapon, a telephone. His fiancée believes him innocent and begs the man who helped put him away with his fingerprint evidence (Richard Travis) to investigate the case further.

The music in this movie -- the organ -- sounded like what they used to play on the old soap operas. It was APPALLING. When someone was knocked off and came to, a choir of angels sang.

I thought the two lead women looked alike, which made things even more confusing.

Imagine - Lyle Talbot was in this and even he didn't come off that well. Lyle Talbot - a 56-year career, never out of work - I guess he must have owed someone a favor.

Richard Travis wasn't a bad actor, at least. He did very well in television.

I always liked Sid Melton. After this I may hate him. He played a doofus photographer whose flashbulb never went off. Kind of like this movie. I can only assume he was in the film to pad the script.

If someone told me this was a television drama, I would have bought it. I assume it was a B movie. I'd have been gone from the theater by then.


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